John, companion at Emmaus Glasgow
Hi, my name is John and my story is that I used to live in Greece, a country I love. But I am British by birth and I do not like the way this country is and has become. It got so bad that I just left and seven years later I had to return for a reason worth more than life itself to me; my Mother was ill, very ill in hospital and despite my feelings towards the UK, I had to return and be with her, regretfully she passed on, it was March 6th.
I comfort myself by knowing that she is not suffering anymore. So I am the last of my family and since returning from Greece, had been staying in BnBs with this and that to sort out. Well the money ran out and I found myself homeless, so that was when my adventure began, not one that I would wish on others.
Well I heard of this place called Off the Fence, a Charity just up the road, so I went to that thinking that I would at least get a cup of tea and somewhere warm with a seat and I was right, I did. And then tried to go there every day. Well it turned out, that they had referred me to a place I had never seen or heard of called Emmaus and they gave me a bus ticket and told me that Emmaus Glasgow was expecting me. I thanked them and told them I only go South but needs must, I had little choice and I went.
Now I live in Emmaus Glasgow without the worries, you could say that I have found a charity that works and I love it. Emmaus is a great place and they have given me a job that I used to do a long time ago- Marketing and they have given me a room, a nice little room, very clean and cosy with free electric and heating, in fact it’s all free. I am now considered a companion and all I am asked to do for all this is this little job, 5 days a week. In my opinion, it is worth far more than what I am asked to give for what I get and yes, I still miss Greece so bad, I can taste it, but I have plans to go back in 2013.
In the meantime, I have a job to do all over Glasgow and that is fine by me. All I have to do is go into the shops or malls and talk to the Shop Managers and tell them about Emmaus and ask them to display our leaflets or posters.
Well I have had some success, mind you, I think that Emmaus Glasgow got off to a slow start, but I try to do what I can here. Well I must get to work, as I have a lot to do, but please remember Emmaus Glasgow.